Huddersfield were the victors of the Championship play-offs last year, earning themselves the last spot in the Premier League for the 2017/18 season.
The recent success of Huddersfield has come on the back of solid team play, lead by some less than household names such as Nahki Wells, Aaron Mooy, and Elias Kachunga. David Wagner masterminded the rise of the terriers and will have an even tougher challenge in the Premier League.
The Terriers are well aware that they will be picked to finish at the bottom of the table by most, but will surely do everything in their power to finish outside the bottom 3 and use this season as a platform to establish themselves. This season they are going to have to grind out points using the same attitude and assets that got them to this level in English football.
Games against the big boys will be shots in the dark for valuable points. Fixtures against fellow relegation candidates however will be massive. If Huddersfield can take 3 points off teams like Swansea, Brighton & Hove Albion, and Burnley, they will certainly have a lifeline for survival. Every single Premier League point for the little club will be a point gained in what will be an exciting season for its loyal following.
The Transfer Window:
The transfer window has been unspectacular yet kind for Huddersfield, as they have retained just about all of their key pieces yet added players where needed. The club broke their transfer record for €5 million Belgian target man Laurent Depoitre. They will be hoping that the former Porto man can be productive and adjust quickly to the Premier League. Other additions to the squad include Zanka from FC Copenhagen, Daniel Williams, the once highly rated winger Thomas Ince, and loanee additions Kasey Palmer and Jonas Lössl.
They also broke their transfer record again by signing striker Steve Mounie from French Ligue 1 outfit Montpellier. He’s strong and incredibly powerful in aerial duals, which will be essential in the Premier League. Huddersfield are under no illusions that individual talent can save them from the drop this year. But they will be hoping that they have added enough depth to maintain a strong sense of workmanship throughout the season.
Huddersfield draws many comparisons to Burnley in their maiden Premier League season. They will inevitably struggle week in and week out but if they grind out enough points they will live to fight another day. A realistic look at their team, however, would say that they will not be able to avoid the drop come the end of the season.
This team lacks any sort of Premier League experience and there is no reliable source of goal production. It will be a long and hard campaign for the underdogs. There are no “easy fixtures” in the Premier League and it is hard to see them being able to crank out that magic point tally to stay in the top division.
Despite the bleak outlook, the Terriers will almost certainly gain a cult following and will always have the support of the neutral fan. All the club can do now is go into week 1 against Crystal Palace with optimism. Can they prove the doubters wrong yet again or crumble under the pressure in the caldron of the Premier League?